Dove Awards 2013: Mandisa Talks Body Image, Temptation, 'Overcomer' Album
BY BENGE NSENDULUKA , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
Gospel singer Mandisa opened up about using her faith to overcome body image issues following her recent Dove Awards win.
The "Overcomer" singer, 37, won the "UPLIFT someone" award at the 44th Dove Awards in Nashville, TN., on Tuesday and she spoke exclusively with The Christian Post shortly thereafter. The Christian singer, full name Mandisa Lynn Hundley, rose to stardom in 2006 after finishing in ninth place during "American Idol" season 5.
"[It's] amazing!" Mandisa told The Christian Post regarding her Dove Awards win. "Honestly there are so many awards given but that one in particular means the most to me because it's simply saying that what I'm doing is uplifting and encouraging people and that's really want I want to do so it meant a lot."
Mandisa was previously criticized about her weight by outspoken "Idol" judge, Simon Cowell, which drew overwhelming public support for the singer. She has remained vocal about her weight loss journey ever since and she explained the role in which faith has played in helping her stay motivated about living a healthy lifestyle.
"Once I realized I didn't have to depend on my own strength and willpower alone [and] that I could really rely on resurrection power, that changed everything," Mandisa said.
"And then once I made the motivation not just about looking a certain way or a number on a scale but really made it about honoring God with my body, that motivation in itself is tapping into what matters is what made the journey not easy but a little bit easier and easier to stay focused on what's important," she explained.
The three-time Grammy nominated singer released her fourth studio album "Overcomer" in recent months which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Christian album charts. She opened up about why she believes so many people connect with her music.
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Watch the video to "Overcomer" below: